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THE SECRET SOCIETIES OF ALL

AGES AND COUNTRIES

“Dalla straordinarietà degli effetti certo può indursi la straordinarietà, la grandezza, l'insistenza delle cagioni; ma l'intreccio e l' alterno prevalere di queste, l'attrazione che esercitano, sfuggono all'analisi. Il mistero precinge la notturna fecondazione. Dai più disparati sentimenti trae vigore la setta. Le materie più preziose ed insieme le meno elette concorrono a formare questo gigante, rifusione ciclopica e tetra di quanto s'agita, ribolle e schiuma nelle viscere sociali.”—G. DE CASTRO.

From the extraordinary nature of the effects we may infer the extraordinary nature, grandeur, and permanency of the causes ; but their connection, varying predominance, and mutual attraction, escape all analysis. Mystery surrounds the obscure fecundation. Sects draw vigour from the most opposite sentiments. The most exalted as well as the meanest elements concur in forming this giant, a cyclopean and black fusion of all that seethes, boils, and ferments in the social viscera.

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THE

SECRET SOCIETIES

OF ALL AGES AND COUNTRIES

A Comprehensive Account of upwards of One Hundred and Sixty Secret Organisations—Religious, Political, and Social—from the most Remote Ages

down to the Present Time Embracing the Mysteries of Ancient India, China, Japan, Egypt, Mexico, Peru, Greece, and Scandinavia, the Cabbalists, Early Christians,

Heretics, Assassins, Thugs, Templars, the Vehm and
Inquisition, Mystics, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Free-
masons, Skopzi, Camorristi, Carbonari, Nihilists,

Fenians, French, Spanish,
And other Mysterious Sects

BY

CHARLES WILLIAM HECKETHORN

IN TWO VOLUMES

VOL. I

NEW EDITION

THOROUGHLY REVISED AND GREATLY ENLARGED

LONDON

GEORGE RED WAY

L979
H449se
1897

The numbers preceding analytical headings refer to the sections.

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